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I don't have any pictures. They were about 4.5" x 4.5", white or yellow, they had the company's name on top, and they listed the service that was done ( Fertilizer, Insect control, weed spray, etc). We also had the post-application instructions printed on them (ie: do not water for 24 hrs., etc). At the bottom in bold was our phone #. We would put them on their front door window so they would see it when they opened their front door.
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Very interesting! What kinds of things would you do to promote upsells or different seasonal services?
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We didn't try that because we used them on high volume basis (200 homes per day), but you could print them with a "note" section to add comments if you were doing a single family type route (15-20 homes per day). I think that would be a great idea.
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WOW! 200 homes a day! That sounds like you all were very efficient! Do you think being in an operation that handled that many homes daily helped you stream line your operations now? What do you think you learned about doing that? How does one serve that many customers in a single day?
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Well, since it as a retirement community, the lots were small (6000 sq ft total). What I learned was that you had to compartmentalize the tasks, whether for mowing or for fertilizing. For mowing, we used one man on the front lawns with a 48" mulching walk behind, we had another doing the side yards, and a third on a rider doing the back yards. We had 2 men weedwacking and one with a blower. We used mulching mowers alot because that eliminated clipping collection. So, that's a 6 man crew mowing 200 lawns per day for about $8 per cut. We also fertilized 200 per day with 4 men, again by compartmentalizing. This way, when there is a system failure, you know who did the task and who is falling behind.
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For mowing, we used one man on the front lawns with a 48" mulching walk behind, we had another doing the side yards, and a third on a rider doing the back yards. We had 2 men weedwacking and one with a blower.
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Would this be something that was analyzed after each mowing? So if one person was faster than another, you all would ask them why they are slow? You all must have been a very competitive group getting things done as fast as possible!
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If you used a smaller crew, you would take 2 or 3 days to finish the task.
The goal was to finish as efficiently as possible to move on to the next site.

As far as analysis, you would know who was doing poorly by 11 am that day. Sometimes we would change task for that person, or sometimes there were conditions beyond their control. Usually it would work out because the person who had to go back and help out a slow worker would 'motivate' him to move faster (people generally don't like to have to do someone elses work after they finished their own).
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Very interesting! How did you transport such a maintenance team? Did you have quad cab pickups or what did you use?
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Some crews has 4 door deisel duellies, others had 4 door international rack bodies. It was a large operation that I worked for.

Now I am starting a small lawn business with the goal of being super efficient with one or 2 employees.

I love this website. It is very helpful. I hope everyone takes your advice on marketing, which is JOB #1.

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